For over 20 years Michaela angela Davis has explored the power of beauty, urban style, women’s politics and hip-hop culture. Her magazine career began in 1991 at Essence magazine working under her mentor Susan L. Taylor as Fashion Editor. She returned as their only Executive Fashion and Beauty Editor symultaneously directing the Culture section. While at Essence she launched the groundbreaking initiative “Take Back the Music” a multi-media campaign bringing awareness to the hyper-sexualized representation and lyrical disrespect of young women of color in mainstream media. Other bold moves in publishing include being the first Fashion Director of Vibe magazine. Michaela was also Fashion Director and the last Editor-in-Chief of Honey, the first book for the 18-34 stylish Urban-American woman. Honey was the nations’ fastest growing women’s title during her tenure.
Michaela angela Davis is a writer. She focuses on style, gender, race and culture, appearing in a host of international magazines, websites and books like Everything But The Burden: what white people are taking from black culture, (Broadway Books). Michaela authored Beloved Baby (Pocket Books/Simon and Schuster), a scrapbook, and journal for alternative families. She writes award-winning multi-platform promotional and image campaigns.
Michaela is a conversationalist. She’s on the prestigious APB Speakers Bureau having “critical conversations” on countless campuses including Yale, Brown, Howard, Spellman, Middlebury and many community institutions, primarily about images of blacks and women in the media. Ms. Davis has hosted a session at the Congressional Black Caucus, and was a featured speaker at the first Young Feminist Summit as part of N.O.W.’s 50th anniversary. Davis has co-produced and served as a panelist at the Essence Music Festival’s Empowerment Seminar Series. “Who You Calling a Ho' and “Sisters Take Issue with Our Images” to record audiences. Michaela has had network appearances on MSNBC, NBC, FOX and PBS, among others. She is a reoccurring expert on pop-culture TV specials on CNN, BBC, MTV, VH1, and BET. Davis covered the historic 2008 presidential election and inauguration for TVOne and on CNN’s “D.L. Hughley’s Breaks the News” and Roland Martin’s Election Special. Michaela and Anderson Cooper have had several conversations about the politics of race and images on AC360.
Style is in her DNA. Michaela advises and contributes to Clutch, an online magazine for the young Urban-American woman and Harlem Fashion Row and organization committed to creating diversity in fashion. She was an expert advisor on Black Style Now! an exhibit and program at CMNY. As a fashion stylist, Michaela lent her unique taste and image-making prowess to a host of artists and cultural icons, such as Oprah Winfrey, Beyonce, Prince, Diana Ross, Alicia Keys, Mary J. Blige, Bjork and many others. From Vanity Fair to Ebony, she’s added her fresh fashion flavor to many magazines. Michaela has been a commentator and style expert on Metro TV and Women’s Entertainment Television Full Frontal Fashion, E! and The View. Michaela has served as wardrobe designer and consultant for VH1 and the urban classic film Paid in Full.
Michaela serves as board secretary of ImageNation and advisor to The Mott Bridges Academy. Ms. Davis hosts a monthly career mentoring series for young women and girls of color, Salon du Shine. Born in Germany and raised in Washington, D.C., an artist at heart, Michaela studied at NYU, Stella Adler Acting Conservatory, New School for Social Research, The Alvin Ailey Dance Theater, and acting at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts as a National Arts Scholar. Michaela lives in “The Peoples Republic of Brooklyn”. Her #dopedaughter Elenni is a senior in college. She is working on Project FREE THE GIRLS, her Image Activism multi-platform movement.
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